Category: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

More on Inactive Probiotics as a Treatment…This time for IBS

My regular readers know I’ve been following the story of using “heat killed” probiotics to treat a variety of issues ranging from stress and PTSD (see here) to the detrimental effects on brain development from maternal immune  activation (see here).  I find this particularly… Continue Reading “More on Inactive Probiotics as a Treatment…This time for IBS”

Endocannabinoids as a Treatment for Gut Infections?

For today, a SUPER interesting paper out of the University of Utah, about how endocannabinoids, signaling molecules of our bodies that “look like” chemicals found in marijuana, can help us fight gut infections.[i]  This would finally explain why cannabis (the plant from which marijuana… Continue Reading “Endocannabinoids as a Treatment for Gut Infections?”

Probiotics, Omega 3s and Chronic Inflammation: Part 2

In part 2 of this look at what we currently know about the benefits of probiotic and omega supplementation on chronic, low-grade inflammation, we’ll be looking at the most common and best studied probiotics, alone and in combination.[i]  As I mentioned in Tuesday’s Part… Continue Reading “Probiotics, Omega 3s and Chronic Inflammation: Part 2”

More on How Little We Know About Archaea

Twice ever, I have gotten to write about archaea, some of the least studied members of the human biome.  These sort-of bacteria (they are kind of like bacteria but their cell walls are different and they have no defined nucleus) are actually pretty remarkable… Continue Reading “More on How Little We Know About Archaea”

Treating Psychiatric Disorders with Fecal Microbiota Transplant

Maybe it’s me who’s weird (ok – it’s definitely me who’s weird!), but unlike many people it seems, I don’t find the idea of the organisms of the biome, including worms (helminths), repulsive, nor do I think fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) is disgusting…as someone… Continue Reading “Treating Psychiatric Disorders with Fecal Microbiota Transplant”

The Promise of Fecal Microbiota Transplant

Over the weekend, I read a great little article about the potential applications of fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) in treating a huge variety of diseases.[i]  Of course, we are sorely lacking in clinical trials for almost all but still, there is hope to be… Continue Reading “The Promise of Fecal Microbiota Transplant”

Probiotics for Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia? Probably, but the Science Isn’t Yet There

As regular readers know, I’m always on the lookout for “things you can do now.”  I’m especially happy then when actual clinical trials happen as we can get some idea of the effectiveness of treatments.  About 18 months ago, a paper was published reviewing… Continue Reading “Probiotics for Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia? Probably, but the Science Isn’t Yet There”

Irritable Bowel: SIBO, Dysbiosis and Diet

In 2010, I read a paper in the journal, Nutrition, that really rocked my world:  “The concept of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) in relation to functional gastrointestinal disorders.” [i]  To summarize one of its many key points:  we don’t know how to test… Continue Reading “Irritable Bowel: SIBO, Dysbiosis and Diet”

The Microbiome and Mental Illness: An Old Story that is Too Far From its Happy Ending

I just finished reading an article from 2018 on mental health and the microbiome that describes some of where we are now, knowledge-wise, and where we need to be before psychobiotics become a treatment norm.[i]  There were multiple pieces of information in it which… Continue Reading “The Microbiome and Mental Illness: An Old Story that is Too Far From its Happy Ending”

Introducing Archaea: Another Important Member of Your Inner Ecosystem

It’s not often that I get to write about the more esoteric members of our gut biomes.  Our bacteria get the most hype in the scientific literature, but as you all know, there are many other kinds of residents of our inner ecosystems.  I… Continue Reading “Introducing Archaea: Another Important Member of Your Inner Ecosystem”